Public Resources

ECODISTR-ICT latest achievements, as well as other useful resources and links will be shared in this section.

1. Project collaterals (fact sheet, brochure, videos, newsletters)


2. Project deliverables

D1.1. List of specifications for the decision tool in function of stakeholder’s input

Executive summary: Based on 70 surveys, the questions, requested functionalities, data needs, process steps and motivations of stakeholders were mapped. These results will now feed into other tasks, and guide to focus the project towards a good balance in complexity and ease of use.

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D1.2. Stakeholders’ objectives and decision-making criteria and mutual interdependencies

Executive summary: The objective of ECODISTR‐ICT is to develop an integrated decision tool (IDSS) for retrofitting towards sustainable districts. Deliverable 1.2 describes stakeholders’ objectives, decision making criteria and mutual interdependencies. In order to deal with this task, the methodology of a rapid actor-institional analysis is applied to four of the the five case studies of WP5. The goal here is to develop an understanding of the key-issues in the neighbourhood, in order to be able to organise a process/debate regarding these key-issues, ambitions, alternative futures, and actions to take, in which mobilisation of decision support software is useful. In order to make these decisions we need at least a preliminary insight in who the main actors are (including weak actors), their interests, and their problems/needs. But, we also need a preliminary insight in their ‘logics’ or ‘institutional frames’. From a first understanding of both the actors and their institutional frames, seperate but interconnected ongoing dynamics in the cases are identified, in which seperate groups of actors have different objectives and decision-making criteria.

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D1.3. Scenarios building blocks for influencing context factors

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an integrated decision support tool for sustainable retrofitting projects on district level. To this end, task 1.3 established building blocks for plausible context scenarios (‘contexts’) describing possible trends that might have impact on the energetic, social and ecological aspects of a district, but are out of control of local stakeholders. Choosing among building blocks will allow users to define their own contexts to assess the robustness of proposes solutions to external influences.

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D1.5. Monitoring for progress tracking and updating of scenarios

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an Integrated Decision Support System for supporting stakeholders with their decision making in sustainable redevelopment projects of urban districts, both on building and on district level.

Deliverable 1.5 describes the method that was chosen and developed as part of the project with regard to monitoring the progress of the redevelopment during the different stages of every project, the Crowdsourcing Tool. This report elaborates on the complete set of functions that the Crowdsourcing tool fulfils for the Integrated Decision Support System, the technical aspects behind its development and the user-system interaction both from the inhabitants’ as well as the stakeholders’ and facilitators’ perspective. The tool was designed so that it is flexible enough for monitoring projects with different characteristics and requirements and easy enough for users (inhabitants and project facilitators) without IT expertise to operate.

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D2.1. Exhaustive list of data required for accurate and reliable energy simulations at district scale, with an acquisition protocol, and identification of data providers

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an Integrated Decision Support System for sustainable retrofitting of urban projects at district scale.

In this context, deliverable D2.1 describes the input data required for energy efficient and accurate retrofitting of buildings at district scale. In addition to listing the required data, providers are identified where possible, and protocols for gathering the data are defined. Based on feedback from the ECODISTR-ICT case studies, the data lists and gathering protocols will be further refined. This will result in a generic approach wich is also applicable beyond the scope of this project. At this stage, not all data needs are well defined: other data needs may arise from the selection of valuable KPIs for a particular case, but also from the modules requirements defined in WP3. To handle this, in addition to this deliverable a regularly updated list of data will be made available to project partners.

The input data can be of several types and kinds, have different qualities, accuracies and reliabilities, usage rights… When collecting data, this aspect has to be taken into account, since a lot of information can be used later on to evaluate the results of simulation engines. For instance, even if we know the positions and sizes of windows on a building but are not aware of glazing (e.g. simple or double), this information can be integrated in the simulation pipeline, and, the output results can then be qualified in terms of reliability.

In order to ease the comprehension and identify clearly which data are required, they will be classified using a simple typology: Geometric and semantic; Buildings quantities and related statistics; Socio-economic and demographic; Buildings usages; Climatic

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D3.1. A first survey of existing tools and methods supporting evaluation of indicators for urban district retrofitting and renewal

Executive summary: The main objectives of the present deliverable are: (1) to identify sustainability aspects/issues based on pre-standardised metrics for sustainable buildings, such as “Open House” and “Superbuildings”; (2) to provide an exhaustive review of existing support tools assessing key issues for sustainability performance of economic, environmental and social qualities for district retrofitting and renewal, and (3) to elaborate a set-up of general criteria for decision support tools, such as transparency and ease of use, possibility to adjust parameters to suit regional conditions such as energy prices, interest rates, regulations, source of energy and possible rebound effects. Further steps will be provided in Deliverable 3.2, in which an evaluation of these tools will be assessed and further developed.

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D3.2. Scheme of chosen and verified decision support tools for indicators

Executive summary: Deliverable D3.2 reports on the results from the evaluation of decision support tools and presents the proposed support tools that will be incorporated in the Integrated Decision Support System. It elaborates on the findings of D3.1 A first survey of existing tools and methods supporting evaluation of indicators for urban district retrofitting and renewal and couples the interests of the case studies stakeholders described in D5.1 A road map for the analysis of the case studies and D1.2 List of the stakeholders’ objectives and decision-making criteria and mutual interdependencies.

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D3.3. Development and modification of support tools for indicators

Executive summary: The Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) developed in ECODISTR-ICT will help decision makers select the best strategy to increase energy and resource efficiency and the sustainability performance, both on building and on district level. Utilising the connected decision support modules, the IDSS will enable assessment and evaluation of these aspects and their incorporation in district retrofitting and development projects in a multistakeholder decision making process. This document describes the process by which the previously identified decision support tools have been developed and/or modified for the particular needs in the different case studies, supporting the sustainability aspects covered by the proposed KPIs. The calculation modules have been developed and/or modified to answer to the interests expressed by the stakeholders in the different cases, but also to fulfil the overall project case common KPIs. In addition, it describes very briefly non-calculation modules that will enable the targeted holistic functionality of the IDSS that to a large extent have been developed in other work packages.

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D3.4. Report of evidence based decision support modules – Guidelines to users describing the decision support modules

Executive summary: This report is a mirror of the online information that has been published in the wiki section on the Ecodistr‐ICT project website, ecodistr‐ict.eu. The information includes guidelines for users on how the calculation and supporting modules included in the Ecodistr‐ICT IDSS platform operates. The guidelines include purpose and background information, including references that could be useful for a user of the modules. The guidelines state the basic methodology behind the modules and what the outcome (Key Performance Indicators) are. If the user has an interest to use the module the input data needed is listed as well as instructions on how to get started. The supporting modules have web interfaces and the guidelines therefore include step by step instructions explaining the functionalities of these applications.

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D4.2,3,4. Proposal for inclusion of KPIs,Graphical User-interface, and Technical Design of the Integrated Decision Support System

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for sustainable retrofitting of urban districts with a focus on energy efficiency.

Deliverable D4.2,3,4 describes the Technical Design of the Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) that will be developed and tested in ECODISTR-ICT. It elaborates further on D4.1, the Functional Design of the IDSS. It describes how ECODISTR-ICT includes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the decision process, the Graphical User Interface to and the Technical Design of the Dashboard that controls the IDSS, and the Technical Design of the Framework that integrates the Dashboard with the databases and Modules used in the decision process.

The results described in this Deliverable will be the basis for the upcoming tasks in ECODISTR-ICT. Developing the IDSS and its components will be an iterative process, in which relatively small development steps are followed by tests with users. First, internal project partners and later also external stakeholders in the use cases will give feedback. This feedback will be taken into account for the next development

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Functional Mock-up of Graphical User-Interface for IDSS Dashboard

Functional mock-up


D4.7. Prototype of the Integrated Decision Support System Version 1.0

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for sustainable retrofitting of urban districts with a focus on energy efficiency.

Deliverable D4.7 reports on version 1.0 of this IDSS. It elaborates further on D4.1 and D4.234, the Functional and Technical Design, and on D4.56 the Beta version of the IDSS. In the Beta version a start has been made with the Dashboard, the data upload functionality, the Inter-Model Broker (IMB) Communication Hub, the first connected (test) Modules and the connections between these system components. Version 1.0 contains all functionality necessary to run the first demonstration of the IDSS in the case study Rotterdam. This demonstration will be executed end of June 2015, and therefore falls outside the scope of this deliverable.

Deliverable D4.7 contains the software, the GitHub website, demonstration videos, manuals for programmers, reports of internal demonstrations and this document. This document contains the links to the other deliverables.

From an ICT point of view, the main objective of version 1.0 is to support the complete process from “A1 analyse problem” to “B3 compare alternatives” with the IDSS. The Beta version has been extended with new functionality (e.g. for viewing geographical data and multi-criteria, multi- stakeholder analysis) and Modules have been connected (e.g. for energy consumption). The system has been successfully tested internally. The ‘real’ test with stakeholders will be conducted in the first case study in Rotterdam, end of June 2015. For the next case studies the functionality will be extended further in the ECODISTR-ICT project.

From a user’s perspective, the main objective of version 1.0 is to be able to apply the IDSS in real life cases. We tested the system internally for two main challenges of the Rotterdam case: making the Rubroek district climate proof with respect to water retention and designing an energy efficient district. The IDSS with the connected Modules worked when we used them internally with ICT people and end-user representatives (i.e. the facilitators in the case studies). This helped the user representatives to understand the IDSS and to give feedback to the developers on wishes for future versions.

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D4.8. Prototype of the Integrated Decision Support System Version 2.0

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project is to develop an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for sustainable retrofitting of urban districts with a focus on energy efficiency.

Deliverable D4.8 reports on version 2.0 of this IDSS. The  prototype  software  version  2.0  of  the  ECODISTR‐ICT  Integrated  Decision  Support  System  (IDSS) developed in the project is open source and open access. The prototype has been tested in the case study locations Warsaw and Antwerp. The reader is directed to Ecodistr‐ICT deliverable 5.3 for more information with regards to these test sessions

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D4.9. Concise report on performance prototype + Concluding reflection on the governance of retrofitting and the use of the ECODISTR-ICT tool: part A

Executive summary: Version 2.0 of the prototype of this IDSS is Deliverable D4.8 of the ECODISTR-ICT project. Development of the IDSS was a joint effort of the participants involved in WP2 Methods for Data Collection, WP3 Support Modules and WP4 Integrated Decision Support System. The IDSS supports the typical steps in a multi-stakeholder decision process for district renovation (D4.1), which resulted from the preliminary studies in WP1 Stakeholders & Scenarios. The IDSS development has been a continuous process of incremental improvement using a scrum-based approach in which we involved the participants of WP5 Case Studies intensively. This document is the final deliverable of WP4 Integrated Decision Support System and briefly describes the core components of the prototype of the IDSS, concludes on its performance and provides the links to the software, the instruction to future developers, the wiki for end-users, and related documents.

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D5.1. A roadmap for the analysis of the case studies

Executive summary: In order to enhance the potentials and usability of the ECODISTR-ICT tool, the software is tested in five real-life case studies in WP5. The case studies are implemented by the partners OMGEVING (Antwerp), TNO (Rotterdam), ARUP (Warschau), White Architects (Stockholm) and Bipolaire (Valencia). In the case studies, WP5 provides a close cooperation with the research institutes and a broad range of local stakeholders. A geographical distribution of the case studies will reveal contextual differences regarding culture, climate and policies in relation with energy-use and energy efficiency. These differences will be incorporated in the development of the tool.

As a first task in WP5, in this deliverable we set up a methodological framework that will – in a flexible way – be used to guide the different cases. In close cooperation with the tasks and partners in WP1 (particularly T1.1 needs assessment of the stakeholders and T1.2 actor-institutional analysis), the research questions and the desired outcomes of the case studies are refined. Therefore, in this deliverable the specific focus of each case and the alignment of all the cases are prepared. The deliverable thus provides a roadmap for the case studies. In general the following steps will be taken: – preparation of the case studies – start-up of case studies: (1) involving stakeholders, (2) collecting basic data on the case study, with a focus on – but not limited to – the structure of its energy production and consumption, and (3) analysing the territorial dynamics in the case study area, again focused on but not limited to its energy production and consumption, in order to prepare for the generation of design and policy proposals in the following periods – elaboration of interactive energy planning processes: (1) generating proposals for energy related interventions, (2) evaluating these interventions, thus mobilising and testing a prototype of the ECODISTR-ICT software or – when not yet available – alternative models, (3) collecting specific data, (4) creating and discussing these proposals and calculations with stakeholders – drafting of final evaluations of and recommendations on the software – drafting of conclusions cross-cutting the different case studies

In the deliverable, this approach is elaborated both in general and for each case study, showing how each case study will develop its own dynamics and timing, using the proposed steps and timing in a flexible way, in order to obtain a maximum feedback regarding the ECODISTR-ICT software. The case studies will thus develop specific interactive processes. This insures the inclusion of concerns and expectations of different local stakeholders, such as private developers, public authorities, housing corporations, inhabitants, civil society organizations, network operators and energy suppliers in the making of the ECODISTR-ICT tool. Each case will try to facilitate a process of energy planning in the area, which responds to ongoing collective decision making on pending issues in the area. WP5 thus create interactions between (1) the process of the ECODISTR-ICT software development, (2) the process of the case study analysis and design, and (3) the ongoing processes of collective decision making in the case study area.

Although the start-up of the case studies was foreseen from month seven, all of the cases have – to different extents – already in month 1 – 6 contacted local stakeholders and taken initiative in connecting to local decision making processes.

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D5.2. Brief progress reports to WP 1,2,3, 4 and 6 on stakeholder experiences on (prototypes of) the ECODISTR-ICT tool

Executive summary: The document presents a summary of activities of WP5 in the first two years of the project. The IDSS has been tested in Rotterdam and Valencia. A comprehensive documentation and a summary of lessons learned from these test sessions are included. Furthermore, an outlook to the next cases in Stockholm, Warsaw and Antwerp is provided.

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D5.3. Final report of the different case studies, a strategy for sustainable renewal of the district

Executive summary: This Deliverable report presents a summary of activities of WP5 during the three-year project. The IDSS has been tested -chronologically- in the five case studies: Rotterdam, Valencia, Stockholm, Warsaw and Antwerp. A comprehensive documentation and a summary of lessons learned from these test sessions are included in this report. Although preliminary, the testing of the ECODISTR-ICT IDSS already provides valuable lessons on the future use of the software.

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D5.4. Conclusion report on the governance of retrofitting and the use of the ECODISTR-ICT tool Concise report on performance prototype + Concluding reflection on the governance of retrofitting and the use of the ECODISTR-ICT tool: part B

Executive summary: An enormous diversity of stakeholders are involved in the built environment. The inhabitants, local policy makers, housing associations, developers, suppliers of components or subsystems, contractors/builders, service providers, and many others play a role in taking decisions about the design, the construction, occupation, retrofitting or renewal of buildings and districts. Currently, many of these stakeholders have their own decision-making processes that are not or only partially integrated. The ECODISTR-ICT Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) will facilitate intensive collaboration between diverse disciplines and different stakeholders, each with their specific goals, questions and decision-making processes concerning district retrofitting. The questions and goals of stakeholders – such as service providers – can differ greatly from other stakeholders – such as individual homeowners or facility managers -, but nevertheless they are closely interrelated and their choices can influence each other. The ECODISTR-ICT IDSS can help to align the stakes and decisions to reach a mutually supported vision, based on comprehensible data.

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D6.1. Project dissemination and exploitation: progress report 1

Executive summary: The document addresses the work carried out between December 2013 and November 2014 regarding the various dissemination channels and exploitation of project results implemented and planned by the ECODISTR-ICT consortium.

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D6.2. Project dissemination and exploitation: progress report 2

Executive summary: The document addresses the work carried out between December 2014 and November 2015 regarding the various dissemination channels and exploitation of project results implemented and planned by the ECODISTR-ICT consortium.

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D6.3. Project dissemination and exploitation: Final report

Executive summary: The objective of the ECODISTR-ICT project was to develop an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for sustainable retrofitting of urban districts with a focus on energy efficiency. During the three years of the ECODISTR-ICT project, communication and dissemination of project results has been a strong foundation for the success of the development of the project. Deliverable D6.3 describes the dissemination that has been carried out during the project. The report is structured in three parts, based on the tasks in work package 6.

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3. Useful links

FP7 project websites, related to the project theme.

Relevant organisations/initiativest for the project.